Monday, February 27, 2012
Turkey Restricts Use Of Airspace By Israeli Cargo Planes
There’s no end, at least on the part of Turkey, for its bitterness toward the Jewish State. Turkey is now restricting the use of its airspace by Israeli cargo planes.
In another sign of deteriorating Israel-Turkey ties, most Israeli cargo flights are forced to circumvent Turkey, causing financial damage to Israeli aviation sector.
Turkey has begun banning Israeli flights carrying “dangerous materials” from using its airspace
The ban effects El Al and CAL cargo flights carrying materials designated as “dangerous.” This designation includes most of the cargo flights in and out of Israel, as it doesn’t include only explosives, but also any flight carrying batteries and even perfume, which are flammable and require special storage procedures.
From now on, Turkey is requiring that it be notified about flights of this type at least 10 days in advance, so that they may review whether or not to approve them.
The new move is causing substantial financial damage to Israeli airlines, as most Israeli flights, and all those flying to the Far East, regularly use Turkish airspace, and are now being forced to use longer flight routes that circumvent Turkey. Read more here.
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